In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Milford on Sea like this:
MILFORD, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Lymington district, Hants. The village stands on the coast, opposite the Needles. 3½ miles SW by S of Lymington r. station; and has a post office under Lymington, and a coast-guard station. The parish comprises the tythings of Milford, Lyford, Efford, and Keyhaven. Acres, 5,286; of which 750 are water. Real property, £7,168. Pop., 1,784. Houses, 380. Milford-Lodge is the seat of W. Broadwood, Esq. Efford House, Newlands, Kivernells, and Rook Cliff also are chief residences. ...
A rivulet from the New Forest traverses the parish, and is well stocked with fish. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £279.* Patron, Queen's College, Oxford. The church has Norman portions; is chiefly early English and early decorated; recently underwent thorough restoration; has a tower with grotesque heads in the string course, and with long double lancets above, surmounted by a spire; and contains a monument by Macdowel to Sir James Carnac, and one by Foley to Admiral Sir William Cornwallis. The p. curacy of Pennington is a separate benefice. There are a national school, and charities £62.The sub-district contains also two other parishes and part of Wilverley-Walk. Acres, 17,902. Pop., 4,024. Houses, 857.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Milford on Sea has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of New Forest. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Milford on Sea and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Milford on Sea, in New Forest and Hampshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 13th December 2013
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